Women’s squash (4-0) went 34-2 in its home opener last weekend to start the season off strong. The women beat Hamilton 9-0 in their match on Friday and defeated Wellesley and Mount Holyoke 9-0 and 7-2, respectively, on Saturday. On Sunday, Williams beat Tufts 9-0.
On Sunday afternoon, the team rounded out a successful weekend by beating NESCAC opponent Tufts 9-0. In one of the most exciting matches of the weekend, Caroline Sawin ’15 fought to defeat Paget Stanco 10-12, 11-4, 7-11, 11-6, 11-7. Ellen Coombe ’17 recovered from a close first game to beat her opponent handily in the following two games and win the match 12-10, 11-3, 11-3. Charlotte Walsh ’17 lost only three points in the match to defeat Talia Hulkower 11-3, 11-0, 11-0.
On Saturday, the women handily defeated Wellesley 9-0. New addition Maria Pylypiv ’15 fought to beat Haley Vasquez 7-11, 11-9, 11-3, 12-10 in her second career match. Playing at the No. 1 spot, Nicole Feshbach ’16 rallied after a loss in her third game to defeat her opponent 11-6, 11-6, 7-11, 11-5. Alyssa Ritchie ’17 showed consistency when she won her match 11-5, 11-5, 11-5, and Walsh played impressively, again allowing her opponent to score only three points in the match, winning 11-1, 11-2, 11-0.
The team showed strength on Saturday night when it beat Mount Holyoke 7-2. Particularly impressive were the performances of the two co-captains, who rallied to win their matches after dropping the second set. Co-captain Alyssa Northrop ’14, playing at the No. 1 spot, defeated Randima Ranaweera 11-9, 7-11, 11-6, 11-7, while co-captain Ellie O’Neill ’15 beat Katrina Intal 11-6, 9-11, 11-7, 11-4.
Playing at the No. 2 spot against Hamilton on Friday, Feshbach fought hard to defeat Rachel Newman 8-11, 11-8, 11-6, 12-10. Ritchie also had a difficult match against Hannah Coffin, but overcame her opponent to win 11-5, 14-12, 8-11. 9-11, 11-5. Combe came out strong in her first collegiate match, winning 11-1, 11-1, 11-6. Pylypiv had an impressive match to start her career, beating Kelsey Bogle 9-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-7.
“Our preseason, with on- and off-court cardio workouts, challenge matches and drilling sessions, prepared us well for the start of the season,” said O’Neill.
“We always pride ourselves on being a very fit team, and this year will be no different. We are looking forward to the matches next weekend.”
Williams plays away at University of Pennsylvania on Saturday at 3 p.m. and then faces Stanford the same day at Drexel at 7 p.m. On Sunday, the women play Drexel at 10 a.m. before traveling to play Princeton at 3 p.m.